The life of unicorns 

I haven’t had much time to blog lately. Most of my waking hours are split between running around after a nine-and-a-half month old and learning Mandarin. The good news is I can now say “I am a woman” and “that is an apple” in Mandarin. I’m also getting a pretty good daily workout with all…

Farewell to 2016: A Year Well-Traveled

2017 came to Monterrey with a bang. Well lots of bangs, actually. Since about December 12 (the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and arguably the beginning of holiday celebrations in Mexico), the sound of fireworks has filled the air all day long. Yep, even in the blazing sun, the telltale bang and corresponding puff…

Apfelwein and Hand Cheese: A Night out in Frankfurt 

We’ve officially been living in Frankfurt for one week. It’s been a fairly easy transition coming from France, though I realize living in Toulouse for nine months made us pick up some new habits we definitely didn’t have in the U.S.–like shopping almost daily. In Toulouse I’d grocery shop for one to two days’ worth…

A Very Expat Thanksgiving 

This past Thursday was Thanksgiving in the U.S., but for the first time in our lives we spent it in another country. Since it’s obviously not a holiday in France, Matt unfortunately had to go into work. However, as he was working the late shift that day, we managed throw together a little festive lunch…

A Taste of Barcelona

It’s been a whirlwind week and a half and, because of that, I’ve fallen a bit behind on my blogging. Let me start at the beginning—two weekends ago. Matt was supposed to work that weekend, so we didn’t really make any plans. Friday night, however, he came home with great news—he was off for the…

Small Country, Big Portions: An Observation

(Warning: this post may make you very, very hungry.) When we were getting ready to move to France I had the misconception that portions here would be much smaller than the U.S. (after all, requesting a doggy bag in France is so gauche–at least according to many guide books). Boy was I wrong. Everywhere we’ve eaten,…

Bienvenue à Toulouse

This morning we woke up in Toulouse. It’s been a week since we’ve moved to France (though the majority of our time so far was spent on vacation in Paris) and still it’s hard to believe that this is our new home. We officially embarked for France the last Thursday in May. I spent our…

A Bite of Boston

When you think of food in Boston, what comes to mind? Lobster? Chowder? Boston Cream Pie? How about tapas? The night we arrived in Boston, we went to grab dinner at Toro, a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston’s popular South End. The walk from our hotel to this restaurant took us past some gorgeous Victorian brownstone buildings and…